Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Day 4

There could not have been a bigger contrast in weather than that for the third and fourth spring practices for the OSU Cowboys. Last Friday's practice, the first in full pads, was conducted in freezing conditions. Boone Pickens Stadium was bathed Monday in sunshine for the complete two-hour, 20-minute practice that reportedly included much work on the running game and the short passing game.

Speaking of the offense, former offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, now the head coach at Southern Miss, was in Stillwater to watch the Monday practice.

"I just wanted to come watch some football," said Fedora, who when told that the practice was a non-media practice complete with no interviews afterwards replied, "Good, I didn't want to see any media today anyway."

Fedora is here visiting his family while Southern Miss is on spring break.

"We start our spring practices next week with practices on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the first week," added Fedora, who was wearing a Southern Miss sweatshirt.

Meanwhile, Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy seems to be happy with the way his team is developing during spring practice, including the performance of the Cowboys' new coaches like co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor, cornerbacks coach Jason Jones, and defensive line coach Glenn Spencer.

"I think that our coaches have adjusted and I think they have a good feel for our players," Gundy said earlier this spring. "I think our coaches have got a good feel for where our players are. I really like our new guys and I think we've got a good fit and it will work out well for us."

As for the offense, a number of snaps were devoted to backup quarterbacks Alex Cate and Brandon Weeden, who took some grief from teammates over a feature story on him that appeared in the newspaper over the weekend.

It was also reported that running backs Kendall Hunter and junior college newcomer Beau Johnson continued to perform well. Gundy had complimented Johnson on Friday for how he has worked mentally to pick up the offense.

"It's going to look the same that it has looked," said Gundy of the offense. "It is the same system and the same terminology. It is all going to run and flow like it did during bowl practice."

"There are a lot of different layers to it and the thing that we my struggle with is when to stop adding things to it," added passing game coordinator and tight ends coach Doug Meacham of the offense. "All the ideas everybody has are good and everybody has come from a different background so to speak and they are all good. We just have to make sure we are doing things that fit our personnel at Oklahoma State."

On the defensive side of the ball defensive tackles Jeray Chatham and Swanson Miller reportedly looked good. In the secondary, cornerback Jacob Lacey and Maurice Gray, along with safeties Ricky Price and Lucien Antoine, were said to have had good practices.

There was also work on field goals, extra points, and punts. One source said that punter Matt Fodge was really booming his kicks Monday and is having an excellent spring.

The Cowboys will be back on the practice field on Wednesday for the fifth practice of the 15 that are allotted in the spring. That practice is closed, but there will be post-practice contact with the media.

There is a practice on Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m. that will also include a "thud" scrimmage, which is full contact and no tackling to the ground. That practice, the last before spring break, will be open to the public, the first of three practices that will be open.

The spring concludes with the Orange-White Game on April 12 at 4 p.m.

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